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from 31 JAN 2020 to 19 JUL 2020
Orient Express: Return Journey highlights the study, construction and execution processes of important projects by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira in Asia, through sketches, drawings, scale models, sculptures, photos and videos.
Over a period spanning around 30 years, a collection was assembled of scale models and other items used in exhibitions of the work of the architect Álvaro Siza.
Most of the exhibitions featuring these materials were curated by the architect Carlos Castanheira, who ensured their safekeeping.
Many of these items – in particular the wooden and cardboard models - were also loaned to many other exhibitions organised and presented all over the world, including items shown in Serralves Museum’s recent exhibition, Álvaro Siza: in / discipline.

Given that architecture is one of Serralves' key areas of interest and the Museum has established an archive of architectural materials, the architects Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira felt that this was the right time to entrust all these items to the  Serralves Foundation, to ensure their safekeeping, restoration and management.

In 2019, the items were transported, delivered, evaluated, inventoried and deposited. In early 2020, the scale models, in particular, will be cleaned and restored, so that they can be made available for loan, consultation and analysis by scholars, and also by the general public.

Deposit of this collection is intended to help foster better conditions for the dissemination, interpretation and discussion of architecture, as an essential and fundamental art for the well-being and evolution of humanity.
Image: Sketch by Álvaro Siza. Architect Carlos Castanheira Collection

O arquiteto Álvaro Siza (Matosinhos, 1933) tornou-se internacionalmente conhecido no final dos anos 1970, início dos anos 1980, pelo papel que desempenhou no Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (SAAL), e porque em 1979 apresentou a proposta para a Internationele Bauausstellung (IBA), vendo construído o seu primeiro projeto internacional, Bloco 121, complexo residencial Schlesisches Tor (1980-1988), também conhecido como Bonjour Tristesse. 
O arquiteto Carlos Castanheira (Lisboa,1957) faz parte de uma geração de arquitetos portugueses considerados descendentes profissionais de Álvaro Siza, com quem trabalhou cerca de catorze anos e com quem colaborou em diversas ocasiões, inclusive nos últimos anos, nomeadamente no Continente Asiático.
Pedro Bandeira (1970), architect (FAUP 1996), is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Minho and a research member of Lab2PT. Author of several publications in the field of architectural culture and he is also co-editor of the series "Fascículos de Fotografia” by Pierrot le Fou. As a curator, he collaborated with institutions such as the Casa da Arquitetura, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, the Porto City Council or the CIAJG. In 2015, he was awarded the AICA / Critical Architecture Critic Prize / Fundação Carmona e Costa. He represented Portugal at the Venice (2004) and São Paulo (2005) architecture biennials. His most recent project for a Rotating House in Coimbra was nominated for the 2019 Mies van der Rohe Award.
  • Days 31 JAN 2020 - 19 JUL 2020

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